Past Event

Dai-Ōji: The Ōji Paper Company and the Politics of Pulp in Asia

February 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online Event

Please join us for a lecture:

Dai-Ōji: The Ōji Paper Company and the Politics of Pulp in Asia 

David Fedman, Assistant Professor modern Japanese history at the University of California, Irvine

Moderated by: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

David Fedman’s recent monograph, Seed of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020) explores how Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula’s extensive mountains and forests. Under the banner of “forest love,” the colonial government set out to restructure the rhythms and routines of agrarian life, targeting everything from home heating to food preparation. Timber industrialists, meanwhile, channeled Korea’s forest resources into supply chains that grew in tandem with Japan’s imperial sphere. These mechanisms of resource control were only fortified after 1937, when the peninsula and its forests were mobilized for total war.

Organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Online via Zoom. Please register here

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